The Splendor of Ruins in French Landscape Painting, 1630-1800

Stern Gallery
March 19 - June 19, 2005

Claude-Joseph Vernet (French, 1714-1789)
Imaginary Landscape, Italian Harbor Scene, 1746 (detail)
Oil on canvas
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota Gift of Mr. and Mrs. G. Nelson Dayton, 66.61.2
Claude Gellé, called Claude Lorrain (1604/5-1682)
Landscape with Nymph and Satyr Dancing, 1641
Oil on canvas
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

This exhibition explores various interpretations of the architectural ruin as envisaged by French painters of the 17th and 18th centuries, a period spanning the careers of two of the greatest French landscape painters, Claude Lorrain and Hubert Robert. For artists and patrons, these monuments evoked the triumphs and mysteries of ancient worlds, the glories of mythology and biblical narratives, archaeological discoveries, as well as the familiar images of the Grand Tour. The show features 36 paintings by 20 French artists, with loans from 24 museums across the United States and Canada, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Four paintings from the AMAM collection are also included in the exhibition. After the Oberlin presentation, the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (July 17-October 16, 2005).

The exhibition was organized by Stephen D. Borys, Curator of Western Art. See
Exhibition Catalogue

Opening Reception
March 19, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, East Gallery

Lecture Series

Tuesday Teas

Curator's Tour



The exhibition has been made possible through generous funding from a variety of foundations and individuals, including The National Endowment for the Arts, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Ohio Humanities Council, Ohio Arts Council, the Friends of Art Fund, and Mr. John N. Stern (OC '39).